According to reports, American sprinter Shakari Richardson may be banned from participating in the 100-meter race of the Tokyo Olympics because of reports of failing to pass a drug test.
According to a Jamaican Scavengers report on ThursdayRichardson’s performance at the U.S. Olympics last month was “disqualified” after she tested positive for trace amounts classified as an “substance of abuse” by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Cincinnati Inquirer’s Taylor Long reported that the substance was marijuana and Richardson would face a 30-day suspension.
According to sources, Shakari Richardson did not use steroids. Richardson faces a 30-day suspension for testing positive for marijuana. https://t.co/abQRiOJkEV
-Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) July 2, 2021
Long Ye reports Richardson can still compete with the United States in the Tokyo Women’s 4×100 Relay. The women’s 100-meter final is scheduled to be held on July 31, but the 4×100 final is scheduled to be held on August 6.
The report of possible disqualification comes from Reuters report Richardson will not participate in the Diamond League in Stockholm on Sunday. According to reports, she was originally scheduled to run 200 meters.
Both Jamaican scavengers and Reuters asked Richardson for comment, but received no response. U.S. Athletics, U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency have yet to comment.
Earlier Thursday, Richardson sent out this ambiguous tweet:
I am human
-Shakari Richardson (@itskerrii) July 1, 2021
When Richardson crossed the finish line first in the American track and field trials, she pointed out that her time was 10.86 seconds, which attracted widespread attention.
Sha’Carri Richardson (10.86 seconds) won the women’s 100m final in the US Track and Field Trials. pic.twitter.com/SPQPpan6iz
-Sports News (@sportingnews) June 20, 2021